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Natalie Merchant, Jukebox the Ghost coming to Milwaukee this spring

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The Pabst Theater Group (PTG) on Tuesday unleashed a cavalcade of concert announcements, including a pair of spring shows featuring an alternative legend and a power pop mainstay.

Natalie Merchant, who fronted 10,000 Maniacs before embarking on solo endeavors, will come to the Pabst Theater on May 20, a little more than a month after the release of her just-announced upcoming album, Keep Your Courage. Here’s how Merchant described the very eclectic-sounding LP available April 14:

“An album full of lush arrangements and special guests. The subject matter is as diverse as the music, songs of love and loss, of hope and despair inspired by: a Greek myth, a heroic poet, a saint, a Biblical parable, a sea-faring rogue, a diabolical angel, a dark chapter of Irish history, the goddess of passion, and a generation of women who changed the world.”

There are a couple ways to grab tickets, including three presales this Wednesday at 10 a.m. (artist), Thursday at 10 a.m. (Spotify) and Thursday at noon (PTG emembers). The general sale starts at 10 a.m. Friday online and at the Riverside Theater box office.

Jukebox the Ghost also has a smattering of new music to share with us when they drop by Turner Hall Ballroom on April 7. The trio dropped new album Cheers back in May and followed it up just a couple weeks ago with one-off single “I Got a Girl.”

The new track has Jukebox’s usual energy with a few interesting tweaks. It keeps the production relatively simple while featuring a boogie-woogie piano and a snare-driven beat throughout its tight 2:15 runtime.

You can hear the single and plenty more from the band’s catalog live by picking up tickets through the presales Wednesday at 10 a.m. (artist) and noon Thursday (emembers). There’s also a general sale that begins at 10 a.m. Friday online and at the Riverside Theater box office.